A Somewhat Review of Fedora 18 on a Dell XPS 13

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

This will not be much of a review because I do not actually own a Dell XPS 13, and I have only played with Fedora 18 on one from a Live USB image, but my short experience is worth mentioning.

In order to boot from a USB drive, I had to turn off Secure Boot in the BIOS. Once Secure Boot was off, I was able to get to the traditional boot menu and boot from the USB drive.

Live Fedora 18 booted without a problem.

Once logged in everything felt very snappy. I was able to connect to my wireless network without a problem.

The new 1080p screen is absolutely gorgeous. The function keys to control brightness and volume appeared to work well, but I do not recall if the keyboard backlight brightness keys worked.

The only thing that did not fully work was the touchpad.

The Dell XPS 13 uses a Cypress Touchpad but Live Fedora 18 recognizes it as ImPS/2 Generic Wheel Mouse. This allows basic touchpad functionality, but tap-to-click and two-finger scrolling did not work.

However, it looks like Dell and Canonical have backported a fix, and the touchpad is properly recognized in Linux kernel 3.8.23-203.

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